Years ago just after the dropping of the Atomic bombs that
ended WW2, the US govt. was forced to put out a film-piece explaining things
nuclear—mostly this was done to eliminate the fear-factor on behalf of
Americans. Great effort was done to insure that no classified secrets were
released. Yet the soviet’s claimed later this taught them a great deal!
Why? Answer: According to one of the soviet scientists, “It taught us how
NOT to make a nuclear weapon.”
The Point?: Many times people write some propaganda
intending one purpose….but accidentally revealing some information they
would not normally reveal.
In the below piece attributed to the SPLC, notice what they
[Note: I don’t condone violence as a solution to any
problem—including that often ‘justified’ by ‘authority
Southern Poverty Law Center has produced a video to educate police officers
about domestic terrorists and cop killers.
And naturally, they include people who videotape cops as potential
minute video focuses on the "sovereign citizen" movement - described as a "radical,
anti-government movement" - which the SPLC further describes below:
The so-called “sovereign citizens” movement
— men and women who believe they are exempt from most state and federal
laws, regulations and tax codes — is spreading
like a prairie fire. While many of these are tax resistors or
perpetrators of “paper terrorism” – the filing of nuisance
liens and such – some sovereign citizens have demonstrated a willingness
to resist police and government authority with violence.
Earlier this year, two Arkansas police officers were killed during
a traffic stop involving a father-and-son team of sovereigns, so it is
understandable why officers would need to educate themselves about these
However, the video uses a very broad brush to paint people who
have right-wing bumper stickers on their cars as well as people who videotape
cops as being potential cop killers.
According to an officer speaking at 8:15 into the video:
"Some sovereigns may record their encounters with police,
possibly in an effort to intimidate the officers.
They might warn the officer that they are recording the
encounter, then say something like 'I am reserving all of my common law
"Some of these recordings showing the officers are then
posted on the sovereigns' websites."
an example of a sovereign
website. It is just oozing with hatred against cops. No, I'm just
kidding, but I've been told that about my website before, so I'm sure many
people will get the same impression from that site.
estimates the sovereign movement has about 300,000 members. Fox News provides
more details on the movement in this article. And
Wikipedia, which calls it the "redemption movement," gets even more in-depth.
Perhaps police officers need to be educated about people who do
not recognize their authority or the authority of the court system.
But most people who videotape cops most likely have never heard of
the sovereign movement nor do they wish to kill police officers.
They simply want to hold the officer accountable for his actions
in a manner that is protected under the First Amendment.
And that has nothing to do with terrorism.
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